President Trump looks to join Texas election lawsuit

In this Nov. 5, 2020, file photo, the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to let him join an lawsuit challenging election results in Pennsylvania and other states.

The suit from the Texas attorney general, Republican Ken Paxton, demands that the 62 total Electoral College votes in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin be invalidated. That’s enough, if set aside, to swing the election to Trump. Paxton’s suit covers a litany allegations about mail-in ballots and voting irregularities in the four battlegrounds.

“We will be INTERVENING in the Texas (plus many other states) case,” Trump said hours before the high court filing. “This is the big one. Our Country needs a victory!”

Seventeen states joined Texas in urging the court to take on the lawsuit less than a week before presidential electors gather in state capitals to formally choose Biden as the next president.

They are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia.

The court’s decision not to intervene in an earlier Pennsylvania came in a suit led by Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., and GOP congressional candidate Sean Parnell, who lost to Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa.